2011 BHSI Fellows

Congratulations to our 2011 Fellows! We are incredibly excited and inspired by the work they have done and are continuing to do. Learn about these five amazing social entrepreneurs who attended Chicago Ideas Week in 2011 as our guests! Stay to up to date on the 2011 Fellows by subscribing to our blog.

Jason aramburu

Jason Aramburu, 26

Austin, TX

Jason Aramburu, re:char’s CEO, graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a certificate in Environmental Studies. Before founding re:char, Jason was a founding member of Innozone, an online expertise network. Named a 2009 Social Innovation fellow by Pop!Tech and a 2010 Echoing Green fellow, Jason believes climate change and rural poverty are the two greatest global challenges and is excited to take part in solving them. Jason was named one of Business Week’s Top 25 Social Entrepreneurs in America.


Emma Clippinger, 25

Cambridge, MA
Gardens for Health International

Emma Clippinger is co-Founder and Executive Director of Gardens for Health International, a non-profit organization equipping those who face malnutrition with the resources to feed themselves and their families. Currently operating in Rwanda, the organization serves over 4,000 individuals through its programs. Gardens for Health International has received numerous accolades, including an Echoing Green Fellowship, and the grand prize in the Dell Social Innovation Competition, JPMorgan Good Venture Competition and Ashoka/Staples Youth Social Entrepreneur Competition.

Adam lowy

Adam Lowy, 25

Neptune, NJ
Move For Hunger

Adam’s family has owned a moving company in New Jersey for over 90 years, and after seeing the amount of food wasted when people move, decided to take action and founded Move for Hunger in 2009. Move for Hunger works with moving companies to strengthen our nation’s food banks, and in just 2 years has grown to partner with over 150 movers in 35 states to provide 330,000 pounds of food.

Jeff nelson

Jeff Nelson, 29

Chicago, IL
Urban Students Empowered

Jeff Nelson has led US Empowered since March 2007, guiding vast programmatic expansion and strategy planning efforts. Jeff began his career as a Teach For America corps member at O’Keeffe Elementary School on Chicago’s South Side. In one year, Jeff led his sixth grade students to an average of two years’ growth in math. Jeff later served as a Teach For America Corps Member Advisor and was awarded the Sue Lehmann Award for Excellence in Teaching for the entire Chicago Region.

Jessica posner

Jessica Posner, 25

Denver, CO
Shining Hope for Communities

Jessica is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Shining Hope for Communities, a non-profit that combats extreme poverty and gender inequality in Kibera—Africa’s largest slum. Shining Hope runs the Kibera School for Girls—the slum’s first free school for girls, as well as a community health clinic, clean toilet initiative, youth and community education, and economic development initiatives. Jessica won the 2010 Do Something Award and was named “America’s top-world changer 25 and under” live on VH1.


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Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellowship Program

The Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellowship @ Chicago Ideas Week recognizes a group of young socially-conscious leaders who have developed sustainable ventures addressing social needs, and provides them with exposure to nationally recognized business and community leaders, funding to support their cause, and a platform for growth.

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